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How to Pet a Cat

And you thought this was something you learned by age three!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 04, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Eccentrics, Cats

Lottery Tips

"Numbers are very unpredictable....Let's use a little bit of reality..."

Uh, yeah, right, um, just remembered, I left the cat boiling back home--gotta run!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 28, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Outsider Art, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Stuffed Travelers

For between $20 and $55 you can send you favorite stuffed animal on a fabulous vacation! What a great investment!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Oct 21, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics

Ingo Swann

Somehow we let seven months slip by without commeorating the death of famed "remote viewing" expert Ingo Swann.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 21, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Eccentrics, New Age, Paranormal



Surely you often ask yourself, "How many gruesome screen deaths has my favorite actor or actress died, and in what films?"

No? Not a common question of yours?

Nonetheless, you will probably still find Cinemorgue somewhat fascinating.

Maybe WU-vies will share their favorite cinematic death scenes with others. The weirder, the better, of course.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 16, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Eccentrics, Movies

The Muse Surmounted

Hear Mari Lyn and others of her delusional ilk on The Muse Surmounted (see book sidebar).

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 09, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music

Adam Purple, Urban Gardener

Info from wikipedia:
Adam Purple is an activist and urban Edenist or "Guerrilla Garderner" famous in New York City from the seventies to the present day. His name at birth was David Wilkie, though he's gone by many others, including the Rev. Les Ego. He is often considered the godfather of the urban gardening movement, and his "Garden of Eden" was a well-known garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan until it was demolished after considerable controversy, extending from the Koch Administration through the Dinkins Administration by then mayor Rudolph Giuliani...
The image of Adam Purple familiar to New Yorkers in the seventies and eighties was of a man wearing at least one article of purple clothing, and with a thick graying beard, riding a bicycle through Manhattan streets and scooping up manure left by hansom cab horses, which he used to fertilize his urban garden.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 23, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Gustav Fassauer-Ferron

Although he was hardly as famous as Stradivarius, Gustav Fassauer-Ferron created some violins that still have their fans today. As one site says, "Pupil of Oswald Schaller of Frankfort (Germany), with whom he underwent a thorough training, proof of which is found in his work. Well made instruments after the Guarneri I. H. S. model, adorned with an orange oil varnish. His violins are esteemed by both artists and amateurs." You can hear one of his instruments in the video.

But when he wasn't busy making full-size ones, he turned out the occasional miniature. Don't you wish you had this for those times when you wanted to mock someone's self-indulgent hard-luck story?

Here is an image of the creator with his miniatures. Copyright prevents reproduction here.

Source of story.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 18, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Crafts, Eccentrics, Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale, Music

Shirley Haycock

Back in 1973, Shirley Haycock declared her intention to cross the Atlantic in a 16-foot canoe. Some news reports initially stated that she was 86 years old, which would have made her plan really unusual. She was actually only 40. But she was the Director of Activities at a senior citizens center, and she called her canoe the "Senior Citizens Ark," which was probably the source of the confusion. Her plan was to use the publicity from the trip to raise funds for the center she worked at. [Deseret News - Feb 15, 1973]

The Coast Guard tried to stop her from going, but realized that it didn't have any legal means to do so. But they needn't have worried. She set off twice, but never got very far. It wasn't until 2012 that someone actually did cross the Atlantic in a canoe.

After failing to cross the Atlantic, Haycock decided to become a coal miner, and was Utah's first female coal miner. Seems like she was a bit of a character.

Haycock as a coal miner
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 15, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, 1970's
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